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Hour of Glory (1949)
"The Small Back Room" (original title)

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As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on 1943 England, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

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Leslie Banks ...
Col. A.K. Holland
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Milton Rosmer ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Emrys Jones ...
Joe
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Renée Asherson ...
A.T.S. corporal
Anthony Bushell ...
Col. Strang
Henry Caine ...
Sgt. Maj. Rose
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
Gladwin
James Dale ...
Brigadier
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Storyline

The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. He finds solace and relief from his pain in the whisky bottle & the pills that are never far away. A new type of booby trapped bomb push his nerves & resolution to the limit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

23 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Hour of Glory  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the return of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to Alexander Korda's London Films, after a successful but rather strained period at Rank. See more »

Goofs

A little over 75 minutes into the film, during the scene where the character of Sammy Rice trashes his sitting room, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected in the empty picture frame in the foreground of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Susan: Where were you going Sammy?
Sammy Rice: I don't know.
Susan: A woman?
Sammy Rice: Maybe.
Susan: How about me?
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Crazy Credits

"It has been suggested that I should point out that the characters and incidents in this story are purely fictional. This I gladly do. They are." - N.B. N.B. is Nigel Balchin, the author of the original novel. See more »

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Soundtracks

Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
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Music by Joseph Tabrar
Performed by Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group
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minor Powell and Pressburger
18 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the wild fantasies of Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, Matter of Life and Death (and to a lesser extent Canterbury Tales, Colonel Blimp, and Spy in Black) this was a quiet Archers film, but one I enjoyed very much. David Farrar and Kathleen Byron are fine, well-cast, adequate - the supporting players (including Cyril Cusack and a youngish Sid James) are good, and the story, although slight, keeps the interest and is done rather well. Not entirely sure about the hallucination scene, although that in itself is well-done. I prefer the wild colours and textures of other films by the same team, but this is one I'd recommend for a look.


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